Association Culture

Kitchen is of specific importance in Mevlevi culture. The kitchen is the place, where the meals are prepared and also the dervishes receive Sufism education and come to a head through the Sufism culture. Eating and drinking are not just the ordinary daily actions in Sufist world, but they are also the complement of the ceremonials.

Some of dishes containing religious constituents or symbolizing the epics are prepared and eaten in ceremony-like order in special days. The things eaten meanwhile are generally the fruits, dried fruits, sorbets, and coffee. The fruits and fruit trees are the widely-used symbols in order to understand the philosophy and principles of the Sufism. The fruit ripening is used as the symbol of follower getting developed through the Sufism philosophy and reaching certain levels.

Walnut, almond and grape are the fruits that are commonly emphasized in sufistic works. The date is the fruit symbolizing the divine skill and truth. In "Mesnevi" by Hz.Mevlana and "Menakıbl Arifin" by Eflaki, it was stated that there have been 2 kitchens in Mevlevi Houses. In one of them, the meals are cooked; people eat them and the brain strengthens. In other one, the people go through the mill; brain satisfies and hearth strengthens.

“There are 2 kitchens in Mevlevi Houses.”
Meals are cooked to saturate physical hunger in one of them. In other one, people satisfy their brains and hearts through the Sufism education.”